We all know that they’re making another Spider-Man flick, right? With Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi back in front of, and behind, the camera, respectively? The question, though, is who will the webslinger fight this time around.
According to the New York Post‘s Reed Tucker, producer Todd Black has said the film, definitely shooting in NYC, won’t feature Morbius the vampire — despite the current wave of bloodsucker chic — but that the Big Bad will “be a big part of New York.”
So who could the villain be? Spider-Man’s rogues gallery is deep, but not as robust as, say, Batman’s. And we’ve already seen the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, and Venom. It’s a stone’s throw before you get to pseudo-cheesy guys like Mysterio (who wears a goldfish bowl on his head) and the Rhino (yeah, pretty much what you think he is). Tucker posits either Kraven the Hunter (crazy Russian marksman who’s got a thing for Most Dangerous Game-style hunts) or The Kingpin (sumo-huge criminal mastermind who pulls the mob strings in NYC).
Me, I can’t really see Kraven being the sole villain, as he doesn’t carry the thematic heft necessary to make Spidey 4 feel like more than a TV episode. The Kingpin is a better choice, even if the character’s been somewhat sullied by his appearance in 2003’s Daredevil (with Michael Clarke Duncan, pictured, in the role). Big, smart, mean-spirited — there’s many a character actor who could pull it off with style, from James Gandolfini to Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Here’s a different way to go: J. Jonah Jameson. The Daily Bugle honcho has long had a problem with the wall-crawler; all you need to do is devise a reason to push JJJ over the edge — say, perhaps, Jameson’s astronaut son dies during a shuttle launch accident (that Peter Parker was assigned to cover, natch), with Spider-Man having failed to save him — and suddenly Spider-Man has a ruthless, well-connected, thoroughly committed nemesis. Plus, it would give the stellar J.K. Simmons something to do besides chew both cigars and scenery. (And maybe the villainous JJJ hires Kraven to kill Spidey — thereby securing the big punching-and-swinging action you’d need.)
But that’s just me. Anyone else from the comics you’d rather see Spider-Man duke it out with?